15-year-old boy OK after bullet grazes his head in Grant Park

A 15-year-old boy is in good condition after shots were fired Tuesday evening in Grant Park and a bullet grazed his head, according to Chicago police. The boy does not appear to be the intended target.

Officers on patrol heard gunfire and were immediately waved down by witnesses after shots were fired near the Grant Skate Park, 1135 South Michigan, around 10:30 p.m. 

A source, citing preliminary information, said a group that was having a party at a nearby hotel got into an altercation with another group of people who were parked on Columbus Drive. The argument escalated, and someone fired shots, the source said, adding that the gunman may have fled back to the hotel.

Police found shell casings close to a nearby pedestrian bridge, according to officers at the scene. A blood trail led away from the area, but the victim was not immediately found.

Shortly before midnight, the boy arrived at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with his mother. He has been transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital in good condition, police said.

The boy told officers he was walking alone when two groups of men began arguing, and someone opened fire, according to a police media release. CPD said the boy was struck by a “stray bullet.”

No one is in custody for the shooting. Area Three detectives are investigating.

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